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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)



Archive for July, 2012

Games we can’t be a part of

People are cynical about the Olympics not because they hate sport, but because they love it, just as the more you love music, the more you’ll dislike One Direction and Justin Bieber.

Holmes and Obama: a tale of two mass murderers

If James Holmes is a barbaric mass murderer for allegedly killing 12 innocent people (which he is if he is not insane and assuming he pulled the trigger) who will feel the full force of American justice (which he will), why isn’t the barbaric mass murderer Barack Obama going to receive the same treatment?

Québec student strike leader to speak at ANU

Last semester in Québec more than 150,000 university students went on strike against tuition fee hikes. When the provincial government criminalised these and other protests 300,000 demonstrated against their action and for students. As Vice-Chancellor after Vice-Chancellor in Australia attacks staff, students and courses, including here in the ACT, there may be lessons from the […]

Max Brenner 16 ruling a victory for free speech and pro-Palestinian protests

The substantive charges against the Max Brenner 16 (besetting and trespass in a public place) have been dismissed this morning in court. 5 defendants are however still in court fighting specific charges of resist arrest and assault police.

The decision on the substantive charges is nonetheless a big win for our right to protest in public places in Melbourne. We have beaten back their attempts to criminalize dissent and their attempts to silence a public pro-Palestine voice in Australia.

What is a vanguard party?

The critics of Leninism often characterize his conception of a revolutionary party as some sort of isolated sect. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Resisting the neoliberalisation of universities

As the experience in other countries shows, university staff and students can and have fought back against neoliberalism and the commodification of education. It is a lesson students and staff at Australian universities are going to have to learn if we want to stop the rule of the educational barbarians and the horrific consequences that flow and will flow from their ascendancy.

Saturday’s socialist speak out

The bomb that destroyed some of the Syrian dictator’s inner circle might well be the symbol of beginning of the end for the regime. It may be another signal that we can dare to hope for the ultimate success of the popular uprising. Certainly it reveals the strength of the opposition driven by the Syrian […]

Of course Tony Abbott in power will be a right wing bastard

The way to fight Abbott is to strike against Gillard Labor and its rotten anti-working class policies.

Two simple GST questions for Tony Abbott

Two simple questions Tony Abbott. Will you remove the GST exemptions on fresh food, health, education and child care? Will you increase the GST rate?

Nationalise Ford

Put simply why doesn’t Labor nationalise Ford, Holden and Toyota as part of a plan to turn Australia into a completely renewable energy country by 2025 and to produce not just solar panels and wind turbines but public transport in the form of buses, light rail and high speed trains? That would not only save jobs; it would create them.